Rhys Ifans was born in 1967, in Pembrokeshire, Wales. In his youth, he attended acting schools at Theatr Clwyd, in Mold. Following this, he graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was heavily involved in theatre in his early work, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Regent’s Park Theatre, Volpone and Under Milk Wood at the Royal National Theatre.
Before his film career took hold, he appeared in numerous Welsh-language television programmes. Moving onto film, he played the role of Jeremy Lewis in Welsh film, Twin Town (1997), before gaining exposure internationally following his role in the popular British film Notting Hill (1999). He then appeared in a number of films including The Replacements (2000), Vanity Fair (2004), and Hannibal Rising (2007). In 2010, he played the role of Xenophillius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Two years later, he starred as the main villain in The Amazing Spider-Man. In 2015, he starred in She’s Funny That Way, alongside Jennifer Aniston.
His stage work following his international recognition includes the 2003 production of Accidental Death of an Anarchist, at the Donmar Warehouse. He returned to the Donmar Warehouse in 2006 in Michael Grandage’s production of Don Juan in Soho. He also played the role of Danny in Protest Song, at the National Theatre in 2013.
In October 2016, Ifans played Fool alongside Glenda Jackson, Jane Horrocks and Celia Imrie in Shakespeare’s classic King Lear, which ran at The Old Vic. In November 2017, Ifans will return to The Old Vic to play Ebenezer Scrooge in Jack Throne's new adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Selected London & West End Stage Appearances